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Retro Champ is a handheld game system that plays NES carts (not ROMs)

There’s no shortage of handheld gaming devices capable of running Nintendo games… but most of them do that thanks to an emulator and ROMs that you download from shady areas of the internet. I mean, theoretically it’s possible to rip games you own from the original NES game cartridges, but it’s not exactly easy to […]

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The KillMii is a Nintendo Wii game console stuffed in an Altoids tin

The Nintendo Wii introduced a whole new way to play console games when it launched in 2006. At a time when Sony and Microsoft were releasing big, power-hungry devices with high-performance graphics, Nintendo went a different direction and launched a small box that came with a motion controller that allowed you to interact with games […]

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ODROID-GO is a $32 handheld game console (programmable and Arduino-compatible)

Hardkernel’s latest ODROID device isn’t a Raspberry Pi-like single board computer. Instead it’s a handheld game console that looks a bit like a classic Game Boy… but it’s way more of a DIY device (it’s also a little smaller than a Game Boy). The ODROID-GO is a kit that you assemble yourself to create a […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC coming to Kickstarter (again)

It’s been more than half a year since the team behind the Smach Z handheld gaming computer launched a Kickstarter campaign… and then canceled it two days later. Now they’re ready to try again. This time they’ve got a prototype, outside investors, more details about the hardware they’re using, and some thoughts about stretch goals […]

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Dubious PGS handheld gaming PC concept raises over $300 thousand on Kickstarter

A group called Portable Solutions is running a Kickstarter campaign for a handheld gaming PC called the PGS that looks amazing on paper… and which doesn’t actually exist in real life. That’s not a huge surprise: the point of crowdfunding campaigns is often to raise the money needed to transform an idea into a real […]

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GPD Win handheld PC gets a hardware update ahead of launch (crowdfunding)

The GPD Win is a handheld computer with a 5.5 inch display, a thumb-sized keyboard, and dedicated gaming buttons. It basically looks like a cross between a tiny laptop and a Nintendo DX handheld game console. Chinese device maker GPD has been making Android-powered products fro a while, but a few months ago the company […]

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Video: DragonBox Pyra open source handheld game console prototype

The developers of the DragonBox Pyra hope to deliver a handheld gaming device this year that runs open source, Linux-based software. Pre-orders opened last year, although the final price (and ship date) haven’t been set yet. But the final design seems to be coming together. Team leader “EvilDragon” has posted a video showing an early prototype […]

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Smach Z handheld gaming PC put on hold

Just days after launching a Kickstarter campaign to build a handheld gaming PC running Steam OS software, the developers of the Smach Z have decided to put the project on hold. The current crowdfunding campaign has been canceled while the team reevaluates its hardware and funding options. In an update on the Kickstarter page, the […]

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NVIDIA SHIELD handheld Android game console hits the streets today

NVIDA’s first gaming console is now available for purchase in the US and Canada. The NVIDIA SHIELD goes on sale today for $299 at stores including GameStop, Newegg, and NVIDIA.com. The game console features a 5 inch, 720p touchscreen display connected to what looks a lot like an Xbox controller. Under the hood it has […]

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NVIDIA opens pre-orders for SHIELD $349 handheld game console

NVIDIA’s SHIELD is a handheld game console with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 5 inch display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The company introduced Project Shield at CES earlier this year, and now NVIDIA has announced a price and has started taking pre-orders. Folks who registered for the newsletter at shield.nvidia.com can […]